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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Last Days to Vote for Diary of a Chess Queen for Book of the Year

Hello everybody!

As you may know from my post last week, my book "Diary of a Chess Queen" made it to the finals of the ChessCafe Book of the Year Contest.

I would appreciate if you could support my book in this event by sending a simple support email before January 31st to, stating that you think my book deserves to win, and give a short reason to sound convincing. Adding your name and city would help to show it's a genuine email and not a robot sending emails :-)

We have tough competition from the excellent books by Seirawan and Naroditsky, which are also excellent! If you've read my book I hope you liked it, and if not, read what 18 actual readers have said about it on the review page of Amazon.
Thanks to everybody who voted for my book and to those who sent me copies of the email, I am touched by your kind words of support and so happy you liked my book!

Three books have been elected to be the finalists of this prestigious competition:

- Yasser Seirawan's "Chess Duels: My Games with the World Champions"
- Daniel Naroditsky "Mastering Positional Chess"
- Alexandra Kosteniuk "Diary of a Chess Queen"


Now I need your help to please vote for it as your favorite chess book (of course if you've read it and like it!), by sending a short email to stating you vote for it and a short reason why (for example great chess games, nice story with lots of photos, emotional account of a chess professional who achieved her goal, etc. it should be your text).

Your email should arrive before the end of January, and the results and winner will be declared on February 2. Even if you've already voted for Round 1 you need to vote again for your vote to count. Just copy and paste your last email, or do a "forward" of your first one, just mentioning it's for the final round.

Here's some more information about my book:
"Diary of a Chess Queen" contains my whole life story, with 64 commented games, but also lots of text (I'd say over 1/3 of the book), and over 100 photographs. I worked on it quite a bit since I got the title of women's world chess champion at the end of 2008, it's the work of my life to date.

If you'd like more information about my book, here are some useful links:

- Book availability on December 9
- January 7 Book Signing in Barnes & Noble
- January 16 Book Signing in Coral Gables
- Announcement of the Book on
- Official Chesscafe rules of the Book of the Year Contest

- Link to purchase my book on my web shop (free personal autograph!)
- Link to purchase my book on
- Link to ALL the reviews on

Here are some reviews from Amazon buyers:

Seth: The structural layout of Alexandra's book very much resembles Tal's classic, "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal." Kosteniuk's book is, like Tal's work, an autobiography. There is much prose (normally at the beginning of each chapter). She starts at her childhood, and takes the reader right up to (and a bit past!) her 2008 World Championship match. Many game fragments are sprinkled throughout each chapter, as well as a substantial number of full-length, annotated games. Alexandra's writing is easily accessible to players of every skill level, whether they be young, old, beginners or masters. I found that she mixed the number of variations and explanations evenly. Since Alexandra typically plays a slashing, aggressive brand of chess, the games are never boring! Also, the translation (sometimes a problem in chess books) made the English read naturally (shout out to the translator, fellow Michigander Jim Marfia!!). She drops various tips and tricks of the Grandmaster trade along the way. The Women's World Champ clearly invested alot of time and effort into writing this book. I wonder if she'll write another some day?

So to sum up, "Diary of a Chess Queen," is a very interesting read, and you probably won't be disappointed if you purchase it.

Cajunmaster: Alexandra Kosteniuk's autobiography should be of great interest to any chess player, male or female, young or old, experienced or not. This candid and well crafted book is, to chess literature, very much like the breeze of fresh air that Alexandra and many other talented women have let into the stuffy atmosphere of the old chess world in the past decade. There is no turning back, luckily, and this book proves it beyond a doubt. Ms. Kosteniuk, who was the 10th woman in history to be recognized as an overall (i.e., unisex) Grandmaster of the game and is the current World Champion among women, has produced a winner. Her book is both highly entertaining and of great technical interest. This cannot be said of many of the innumerable books written by men, whether it be in the 19th century or today. Very simply, Alexandra Kosteniuk, recognized by the United States Chess Federation as the outstanding chess journalist of the year for 2009, should perhaps be considered by many to be a role model worthy of emulation, something that a host young girls throughout the World already know!

Posted by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk
12th Women's World Chess Champion
Author of "Diary of a Chess Queen"

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  • At January 27, 2011 at 3:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    voting now. :)

  • At January 27, 2011 at 6:12 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernando, Madrid said...

    I am voting because I have liked your book and am asking friends to vote to.

  • At January 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I want to vote for the Diary because Chessqueen is a real courageous Gran Master !

    from sardane (Paris)

  • At January 27, 2011 at 3:39 PM , Blogger didierdrogba19 said...


  • At January 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Alexandra Kosteniuk's "Diary of a Chess Queen" is UNIQUE in the history of chess. Even if comparable to a Mikhail Tal's top classic, it has the distinguished advantage of the additional, valuable touch of an intelligent and loving woman who is a great and talented GM and former Women Chess World Champion and also a world blitz chess champion men and women combined!! The "Diary of a Chess Queen" is therefore a first in the chess world. The book is also the most lively, entertaining chess book ever published by a GM, and it deserves first prize nomination this year. It contains also great chess games. Who would say no to a book on the life of a Queen of Chess who cares so much for her talented readers? Consequently, I vote without an hesitation for: 1/Gold: Alexandra Kosteniuk (I think I will buy another copy); 2/Silver: Yasser Seirawan, a great duelist indeed; and 3/ Bronze: Daniel Naroditsky, a great positional master. In a nutshell Alexandra's book is the best by double checkmate here:) Thank you/ Merci/ Gracias/ Danke/ Grazie/ Spassiba :D. Bernie Dussert (on Facebook)

  • At January 28, 2011 at 8:28 AM , Anonymous Anastasia said...

    I voted for you too Chess Queen as follows:

    I have several reasons to vote for Diary of a Chess Queen

    Written with great effort by a woman grandmaster while all the others are by men - Haven't seen this kind of a chess book by a woman. I just love it. Quite like Anne Frank's Diary. Would be with me always.
    No doubt the other books are in a class by themselves but all the other books don't have the personal story flavour of the Diary of a Chess Queen
    I loved reading it and felt it was inspiring that one doesn't have to be a reclusive nerd or have ghetto training but a beautiful woman can make it to the top with attacking chess
    There are 64 games in the book and lots of photos and great quotes. I have improved as a club player without really feeling that I was studying because I was reading it like a novel all the time.

  • At January 31, 2011 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Alexandra i couldnt vote asi I dont have that system, or it wont le t me but you know you have my support always, Im sure youll win even thou i havent read the other twoo books, have u seen the neww book of thahl? i recommend it to you,
    good luck fo the next worldchesschamnpionshipwomen1!!!!1111

    javier .

  • At January 31, 2011 at 8:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    To the previous person who commented: The only "system" you need to vote is EMAIL. You just need to send 1 email to and give support for the book.

    You must have email, don't you?


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